Definition of grass snake in English:

grass snake


  • 1A common harmless Eurasian snake that typically has a yellowish band around the neck and is often found in or near water.

    Natrix natrix, family Colubridae

    • ‘Living alongside them is a population of grass snakes, a harmless species feared to be in general decline across the country.’
    • ‘The 2.4 mile stretch of plastic coarse mesh fencing was set up after a preliminary consultation found evidence of common lizards, slow worms and grass snakes, which are all protected by law.’
    • ‘Firstly the grass snake may wriggle vigorously, and secondly it may produce a very smelly fluid.’
    • ‘During winter, temperatures are too low, and grass snakes find frost-free places such as deep leaf litter or rock piles in which to hibernate between October and March or April.’
    • ‘A few years ago in the Midlands of England, I witnessed a crowd gathered around a grass snake in a meadow near a footpath.’
    • ‘Gardener snakes, grass snakes, ground beetles, box turtles, salamanders, ducks, and larvae of lightning bugs all feed on snails.’
    • ‘It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa.’
    • ‘Compost heaps, log piles, rockeries, garden ponds and long grass patches provide cover and food for visiting grass snakes and slow-worms.’
    • ‘Other points - the grass snake is Britain's largest reptile and the most common snake.’
    • ‘The trouble being that grass snakes are excellent climbers, often spending time in trees and bushes out of harms way.’
    • ‘The grass snake is less active during the winter, and this condition is often referred to as torpor.’
    • ‘Since amphibious animals are the main nutrition of local grass snakes, their spawning waters and land habitats form an important part of grass snake habitats.’
    • ‘Near here, we got a fright when a grass snake slithered across the path in front of us.’
    • ‘Adders are one of three species of snake which can be found in the British Isles, the others being the smooth snake and the grass snake.’
    • ‘I still say it was a baby grass snake as the idea it was a smooth snake is far too exciting to contemplate.’
    • ‘But experts say the serpent is more likely to be a harmless grass snake.’
    • ‘Studies suggest that an adult grass snake can survive for 12 months on less than 10 frogs.’
    • ‘Colouration is variable and grass snakes are usually a shade of olive green, but brown and grey snakes are not uncommon.’
    • ‘Reputedly the grass snake in France can reach 2metres in length, although 1.3 metres is a more usual maximum.’
    • ‘Occasionally members of the public ask for grass snakes to be removed from their gardens.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for green snake
      • ‘An American green snake and striped garter snakes are also called grass snakes.’
      • ‘The smooth green snake, a North American native, is sometimes called the green grass snake but this doesn't sound like one.’


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